Predicate crime

Predicate crime – this legal phrase origins from the word “predicate”, which literally means to proclaim, to affirm, and crime, which literally means an illegal act against the public order and against the Law. In practice, “predicate crime” becomes part of the Criminal Law, where refers to a crime, in which are implemented parts of bigger crime. The predicate crime is usually committed as preparation of bigger and more serious crime. For example, producing a fake ID card in order to withdraw money from someone’s bank account is predicate crime. Here the bigger crime is taking illegally someone’s money out of their own account. Predicate crimes may be punished separately, or mutually as a part of the bigger crime (usually depending if the bigger crime has been committed or not). Somewhere known as “predicate offense”.

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